Source: (2000) Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Following the Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1998, the state of Illinois has mandated that juvenile justice be structured and administered on the basis of a philosophy of “balanced and restorative justiceâ€? (BARJ) philosophy. The BARJ approach seeks to provide equal attention to the needs of the juvenile offender, the victim, and the community. To implement this approach, state and local planners must assess the nature and magnitude of juvenile delinquency and other related problems, as well as their capacity to provide an accountability-based continuum of punitive and capacity-building responses. This report, prepared for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and intended to assist with implementation of the BARJ approach, provides a general overview of trends in various juvenile justice indices in Illinois. The sections of the report cover the following topics, all focused on Illinois: data on juveniles arrested; the operations of juvenile courts; juvenile detention; juvenile probation; juvenile commitments to the juvenile division of the corrections department; juvenile transfers to criminal court; and juvenile risk indicators and their implications for juvenile crime.

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